Texas officials reported on Thursday that 22-year-old Texas Army National Guard Specialist Bishop E. Evans of Arlington went missing while attempting to rescue migrants in a river near the state’s border with Mexico. The portion of the river where he went missing is known for its high currents.
According to FOX News journalist Bill Melugin, the body of a missing Texas Army National Guard man has been discovered.
According to a separate statement from Rep. Tony Gonzales’ office, the Republican congressman received information from Border Patrol that Evans’ body was discovered on Monday morning.
“This morning, local authorities discovered and recognized SPC Evans’ body,” Gonzales said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “In the name of protecting and serving our country, this young soldier made the ultimate sacrifice. He will be remembered for the rest of his life.”
Evans, who was deployed to Operation Lone Star, was “discovered deceased following an exhaustive interagency search,” according to a statement released by the Texas Military Department.
On Twitter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement regarding Evans’ death, saying:
We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop Evans.
He heroically served his state & country.
I want to thank all rescue teams that worked to locate this soldier.
Join me & Cecilia in praying for the family & friends of SPC Evans. pic.twitter.com/xwSZlqEGhT
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 25, 2022
Due to the fast-moving current in the river, diving crews had to call off their operations on Saturday, delaying the search. According to the Texas Military Department, the search resumed on Sunday.
The endeavor included members of the Texas Rangers, Texas Military Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Border Patrol.
The Texas Rangers are in charge of the inquiry, while the Texas Military Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Border Patrol were assembling search and rescue teams to find Evans.
Evans was a field artilleryman from Arlington, Texas, who served in New Braunfels with A Battery, 4-133 Field Artillery Regiment. In May of this year, he enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard.